Ready to try out the waterfall braid trend? We have you covered with this fun tutorial!
What you’ll need
As we’re pretty sure everyone knows by now, braids are having a major moment. From runway shows to Pinterest and YouTube tutorials, everything from an inverted fishtail to a waterfall braid has been on the mind of the style-savvy as their hairstyle du jour. People in the know don’t even consider braids a trend at this point—they’ve become as ubiquitous as a regular ponytail or your go-to gym bun, and with the right technique, can upgrade a basic updo in five minutes. That said, it befits us to not only know our French braids from our Dutch braids, but to also know our way around other looks, like how to do a waterfall braid. Check out our #wcw hairstyle of the moment:
Below, we put the spotlight on both how to waterfall braid an updo, as well as a waterfall braid tutorial on hair that’s left loose and flowing (because hey, it’s a braid that can do both!). Kind of a hybrid between a French braid and a crown braid, the waterfall braid is actually quite simple to master. You just need to, as they say, let it go.
This cute, trendy plait works great with medium to long hair, is especially pretty on highlighted strands and is perfect for upping the ante on your music festival hair game! Read on for an easy, step by step waterfall braid guide, as well as how to style your waterfall braid with curls. Bonus: If you’ve got funky, pastel or sea-hued strands, so much the better! Begin your braid where your ombré starts for a true “waterfall” effect. Enjoy!
Tutorial: Waterfall Braid Steps
Start on clean or freshly washed hair.
Create loose curls.
Begin a French braid on your hairline.
Cross the back lock over the middle lock, then the front lock over the middle lock. Next, cross the back lock over the middle lock again, then gather a fresh lock from behind the back lock and have it join the middle—exactly as if you were doing a French braid.
Next, cross the front lock over the middle and gather a fresh section from your hairline. Cross the back lock over the middle lock and bring in a fresh lock from further behind. Repeat your regular braid, but stop before you cross the front lock over the middle… and just drop it. Gather a lock from behind that dropped section and instead use that to cross over the middle lock. Repeat the entire process for a few chains, using the “drop and replace” method.
Secure your ends.
Looking for another cute, boho braid idea? Check out our tutorial on how to create milkmaid braids.